Kenyan Legislators ride high in Inter-Parliamentary Games

Hon. Dan Wanyama leading the pack in the 200-metres race. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA: Kenyan lawmakers posted mixed results in the opening day of the eighth edition of the Inter-Parliamentary Games that kicked off Monday in Tanzania.

Hon. Dan Wanyama whose election as the Webuye West Member of Parliament was annulled by Bungoma High Court last week lead his compatriot Charles Nguna to a one-two success in the men’s 200m race.

The script was the same in the 4 x 100-metre dash, where team Kenya consisting of Dan Wanyama, Victor Munyaka, Nixon Korir and Vincent Musau crossed the line first to scoop gold.

Uganda’s Benard Atiku, Mbatekamwa, Tom Alero Aza and Pentagon Kamusiime took the third spot.

Mwala Constituency MP Hon Vincent Musyoka stretched Kenya’s dominance when he won 100-metre race in 11.61, 45 seconds ahead of Uganda’s Mbwatekamwa with Hon Nixon Korir of Langata Constituency coming third.

Kenya, however, fell short in the in the 1,500m men finals which was won by Ugandan Julius Acon Bua in 04.36 minutes as the compatriot, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa settled for second place after posting 5.25 minutes.

Kenyan legislators responded with a 3-1 win over rivals Parliament of Tanzania in their men’s volleyball title defense before going down 44-20 against Uganda in netball.

The annual Inter-Parliamentary Games are meant to use sports to unite and bring together the National Parliaments of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda.